pal·​met·​to pal-ˈme-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce palmetto (audio)
 also  pä-,
plural palmettos or palmettoes
: any of several usually low-growing fan-leaved palms
especially : cabbage palmetto
: strips of the leaf blade of a palmetto used in weaving

Illustration of palmetto

Illustration of palmetto
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Examples of palmetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The staff stocks honeys from all over the country, including star thistle from Michigan and palmetto from Florida. Eliza McGraw, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 This supplement is specifically formulated to support healthy hair growth, with the combination of saw palmetto and biotin providing the necessary vitamins and nutrients to promote thicker and stronger hair. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 According to the South Carolina Government, the palmetto was chosen because the fort made of palmetto logs aided in defeating the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2023 This supplement features 1000mg of pure saw palmetto extract, along with pumpkin seed powder, zinc oxide, quercetin dihydrate, green tea extract, and stinging nettle root. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2023 The design kept the indigo color of Colonel William Moultrie’s 2nd S.C. Regiment during the Revolutionary War, the crescent from the 2nd Regiment’s uniforms and the palmetto tree, which was drawn by Charleston artist Ellen Heyward Jervey for the 1910 flag. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 1 Jan. 2021 And the palmetto tree honored the material that soldiers used to hastily construct a fort. Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Florida has thick vegetation that can burn easily, including palmetto and pine trees, when dried out by increasingly hot temperatures tied to climate change, according to Michele Steinberg, wildfire division director at the National Fire Protection Association. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Lying at the scene in Jupiter Farms were several bags of palmetto berries, long considered a medicinal treatment for prostate problems and other health issues. Brooke Baitinger,, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


modification of Spanish palmito, from palma palm, from Latin

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of palmetto was in 1615

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“Palmetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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pal·​met·​to pal-ˈmet-ō How to pronounce palmetto (audio)
plural palmettos or palmettoes
: any of several usually low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves
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